News / USA

Kerry Says US Relations With Pakistan at Critical Moment

US Senator John Kerry in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 15, 2011
US Senator John Kerry in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 15, 2011

With relations between Pakistan and the United States in a deep rift following the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden, U.S. Senator John Kerry traveled to Islamabad for talks with Pakistani authorities.  

Senator Kerry expanded his originally scheduled trip to Afghanistan this week to include a visit to Pakistan as U.S.-Pakistani relations continue to slide in the aftermath of the May 2nd U.S. Special Forces Raid to kill Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Speaking with Afghan President Hamid Karzai before leaving for Pakistan, Senator Kerry said this is a vital moment in the long-standing relationship between the two countries. "This is a critical moment in terms of the relationship with Pakistan.  It is fair say that some of my colleagues in the House and Senate have deep reservations about whether or not Pakistan is committed with the same goals or prepared to be a full partner in pursuing those goals, and there are calls in some quarters in Congress for a shift in the aid program unless there is an improvement in the current situation," he said.

Senator Kerry is the co-author of a bill authorizing The United States to grant $1.5 billion in non-military aid annually to Pakistan.

The United States gives an estimated $3 billion to Pakistan each year.

Because Bin Laden was found hiding in Pakistan in the middle of a town filled with Pakistani military facilities, there is widespread criticism that Pakistan is either not aggressive enough in hunting down terrorists or that Pakistani authorities are complicit in providing extremists safe haven.  Pakistan's leadership has denied the claim.

In Pakistan there has been significant outrage in government, the military and the public over what is seen as a breech in the nation's sovereignty by the raid.

A recent statement from the Pakistani parliament demanded U.S. military action in Pakistan halt, especially unmanned drone strikes in the frontier territories.  It warned that Pakistan could deny supply routes to international forces fighting in Afghanistan if the drones are not stopped.

Many U.S. officials say that any end to the war in Afghanistan in the near future will only be possible with the participation of Pakistan.  

Also in Pakistan, thousands gathered Sunday to express anger at America and called for the Islamabad government to break with Washington.  But Pakistan's reliance on international aid, especially American, is vital to the economically troubled nation's ability to function.

You May Like

India PM Modi's party distances itself from religious conversions

BJP under fire for being slow to rein in hardline affiliate groups allegedly trying to promote a Hindu-dominant agenda by luring Muslims and Christians to convert to Hinduism More

Anti-Whaling Group Found in Contempt of Court

Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers in the waters off Antarctica continue their campaign to disrupt Japan's annual whale hunt More

UN's Ban Urges End to Discrimination Against Ebola Workers

Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking healthcare workers of the countries at the heart of the epidemic More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid